The town of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is renowned for its Benedictine abbey: the Fleury abbey, founded in the 7th century. Its basilica constitutes a remarkable example of Romanesque art. The bell tower-porch contains magnificent carved capitals that will delight fans of religious architecture. The church's Romanesque choir is also stunning. The crypt dating from the 11th century contains the relics of Saint-Benoît.
The abbey of Fleury in Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire, founded around 650 houses from 672 relics of Saint Benedict of Nursia, founder of Western monasticism and patron saint of Europe. The presence of the relics of the saint encouraged the development of a pilgrimage and thus the importance of the abbey. It was a center of culture and education has an important scriptorium.
Remarkable example of Romanesque art in the Loire Valley, the Abbey of Saint-Benoît-sur-Loire is best known for its imposing tower porch. Many capitals, also present in the nave and the chancel of the church and a crypt in which lie the relics of St. Benedict and a carved portal can be admired throughout the year.
A community of Benedictine monks lives in the adjacent monastery.
Free visit: April to October, from 6 am to 21h, from November to March from 6 am to 19h, except during services and ceremonies.
Gregorian Masses songs to 12pm on weekdays and 11 am on Sundays and holidays.
Guided tours for individuals (from 5 people), from March 1 to October 31: Saturdays at 16h, Sundays and holidays at 15:15.
Guided tours for groups: contact monastery firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone: +33 2 38 35 72 43.